Risk Management for Outdoor Programs
Online Training Course for Outdoor Professionals
October 24 - November 14, 2020
October 24 - November 14, 2020
Four live online sessions:
Saturday October 24, 11 am - 12 noon ET
Saturday October 31, 11 am - 12 noon ET
Saturday November 7, 11 am - 12 noon ET
Saturday November 14, 11 am - 12 noon ET
Independent individual and group work occur between live sessions.
Gain critical knowledge of best practices in outdoor program risk management
Learn procedures, systems and plans essential to meeting key outdoor safety standards
Understand how to apply successful risk management strategies to adventure programs, experiential education, wilderness expeditions, and outdoor trips
Program Coordinators/Managers, Risk Management officers, Risk Management/Safety Committee members, members of Boards of Directors, executive leadership. Leaders of outdoor, wilderness, travel, experiential and adventure programs.
The course is composed of four live video-conference sessions and three independent work periods:
1. Live sessions. Four live, video-conference sessions, one hour long, occurring 11 am – noon Eastern Time on consecutive Saturdays. This include structured real-time small-group and large-group discussions and participant project presentations. These take place starting Saturday October 24, ending November 14, 2020:
Saturday October 24, 11 am - 12 noon Eastern Daylight Saving Time (UTC-4)
Saturday October 31, 11 am - 12 noon Eastern Daylight Saving Time (UTC-4)
Saturday November 7, 11 am - 12 noon Eastern Standard Time (UTC-5)
Saturday November 14, 11 am - 12 noon Eastern Standard Time (UTC-5)
2. Independent work. Between live video-conferences, three independent work periods for individual and remote small-group activity. This work includes:
Review of pre-recorded slide presentations with presenter video
Completion of readings
Participation in online discussion forums
Participation in interactive video-based decision-making activities
Completion of writing assignments (including writing risk management plan and strategic improvement plan content)
Peer review of select classmate writing content
Completion of organizational self-assessment
Completion of online worksheets
Participation in online risk decision-making role-playing scenario
Structured analysis of case-study examples
Completion of quizzes and final exam
These occur the weeks of October 25-31, November 1-7, and November 8-14, 2020.
Independent work is anticipated to take a minimum of 7-12 hours per week.
Jeff Baierlein, Director, Viristar Risk Management; past Executive Director at Outward Bound USA.
USD $259. Course fee includes four live sessions, materials for independent work sessions, an electronic copy of the course textbook Risk Management for Outdoor Programs: A Guide to Safety in Outdoor Education, Recreation and Adventure, and certification.
Live Session 1
Welcome, Orientation, Introductory Concepts in Risk Management
Independent Work 1
General Concepts in Risk Management
Approaches to Risk Management
Activities and Program Areas
Live Session 2
Participant Presentations: Self-Evaluation of Risk Management in Risk Management Domains
Independent Work 2
Risk Management Instruments
Risk Management Committee
Risk Management Reviews
Special Topic: COVID-19 Management
Live Session 3
Participant Presentations: Self-Evaluation of Risk Management with Risk Management Instruments
Independent Work 3
Synthesis & Application
Risk Management Plan Development
Strategic Improvement Plan for Your Organization
Live Session 4
Participant Presentation: Strategic Improvement Plan for Your Organization
Conclusion & Certificates
The course textbook is Risk Management for Outdoor Programs: A Guide to Safety in Outdoor Education, Recreation and Adventure (viristar.com/book). This 208-page text is provided to each student in electronic format.
Participants take short quizzes throughout the course and a final written exam. Individuals who fully participate in learning activities and successfully complete the final exam receive a certificate from Viristar valid for three years.
Previous Participants Say:
“Viristar delivered a high quality training and I would recommend it to any outdoor program.” Si Dilks, ChinaClimb
“Extremely useful, important and informative course…very enjoyable and worthwhile.” Kelvin Fawcett, Nord Anglia International School
“Great insight into risk management—took a lot away to implement back at my workplace. Very well run. Great course!” Liam Warren, Harrow International School
Enroll at https://aore.org/pre-conference_workshops.php. The course is being offered as a “pre-conference” workshop at the annual conference of the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education, although anyone may enroll (and need not attend any other conference-related activities). Follow directions under “How to Register for Pre/Post Conference Workshops” to register for the AORE annual conference and select this training event from the menu.